Certification Body Resources

Due to current social distancing guidelines, Accreditation Body (AB) assessments of certification organizations and testing facilities to standards such as IEC/ISO 17065 and 17025 may be performed remotely per the direction of the AB. If you have any questions or concerns about your accreditation status, please contact your AB.

Certification Bodies (CBs) with witnessed manufacturer test laboratory (WTML) programs may conduct oversight of these laboratories through remote witnessed testing on an interim basis. CBs performing or considering performing remote witnessed tests must continue to meet Appendix A requirements and submit eligibility and procedural information to certification@energystar.gov.

EPA–recognized certification bodies (CBs) certify products that meet ENERGY STAR requirements and report information on those products to EPA. A CB must be EPA–recognized to certify products. One of the key criteria for recognition is accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 by an accreditation body that is an International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Agreement (IAF MLA) signatory. CBs must verify that test results are from an EPA–recognized laboratory, maintain open correspondence with EPA, and cooperate with their AB for ongoing accreditation. CBs are also responsible for administering verification testing and challenge testing. CBs for insulation have unique requirements.

Responsibilities

How to Apply for EPA Recognition

  1. Obtain or maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 from an AB that is an IAF MLA signatory.
  2. Agree to comply with the Conditions and Criteria for Recognition od Certification Bodies (PDF, 257 KB).
  3. Develop internal procedures to include all requirements in the Conditions and Criteria, including but not limited to:
    1. Verification testing
    2. Re–evaluation in the event of significant changes
    3. Challenge testing
    4. Process for resolving discrepancies
  4. Complete and sign the application (PDF, 1.0 MB) for recognition of CBs.
  5. Submit all internal procedures and signed application to Certification@energystar.gov.

Additional Resources

EPA hosts periodic training sessions with CBs which are listed below. All CB trainings for new or revised ENERGY STAR specifications can be found on the CB Specification Technical Assistance page.

New MESA Training Webinar for CBs

On August 22, 2019, EPA held a mandatory training webinar for certification bodies to help staff navigate and better understand the upcoming new MESA platform as it relates to contact management, review of QPX submissions, and review of brand owner and laboratory statuses. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on May 5, 2016

On May 5th, 2016, EPA held a mandatory training webinar for certification bodies to discuss various topics relating to the ENERGY STAR Third-Party Certification scheme. In addition, the webinar also included an overviews of the certification and product submissions process, verification testing policies and procedures, enforcement policies, best practices for certification bodies, and additional resources. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on June 17, 2015

On June 17, 2015, EPA held a mandatory conference call session for certification bodies to discuss program compliance, reporting verification testing failures, and provide a forum for certification bodies to raise questions regarding verification testing and compliance processes. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on December 10, 2014

On December 10, 2014, EPA held a mandatory conference call session for certification bodies to discuss verification testing reporting requirements, prepare for 2015 verification testing, and provide a forum for certification bodies to share lessons learned from 2014. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on January 29, 2014

On January 29, 2014, EPA held a mandatory conference call session for certification bodies to discuss verification testing and other priorities for the year. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on April 24, 2013

On April 24, 2013, EPA held a mandatory conference call session for certification bodies to discuss lessons learned from 2011 and 2012 verification testing. In addition, the webinar also included a discussion of the timeline and transition to ISO/IEC 17065 as well as addressed data quality issues for data submitted through the XML–based Qualified Product Exchange (QPX) system. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

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